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Little Chapel on the River: A Pub, a Town and the Search for What Matters Most Paperback – July 25, 2006
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Having been displaced by the attacks on 9/11, Wendy and her girlfriend, Kathryn, are introduced to the tiny hamlet of Garrison just across the river from West Point. Within a short time, Wendy has begun to make friends at Guinan's and ends up being a part of the entourage that makes its way into Guinan's each morning and evening. Along the way, the author finds more than a few things about herself as she begins to piece together what's missing from her life.
Bounds is enticingly descriptive about the characters she meets at Guinan's. Some, naturally, are small town skeptics regarding this new face in the crowd but without giving much more than an inch, Wendy finds herself enmeshed in their lives as they become her new friends, far from the roaring din of Manhattan. There's Fitz, a former U.S. federal marshal and Vietnam war veteran who likes to butt heads with Dan Donnelly, the "limousine liberal" lawyer. Jane and Mary Ellen form a duo of town females who help out at the pub and enjoy Guinan's to the fullest. Their loyalty is never questioned. The list of patrons goes on. The real story, though, centers around the Guinan family....Jim, an emigré from Ireland and his four children. This is indeed a family that despite its ups and downs is a close-knit unit that takes care of its own...and while they're doing so, take care of everyone else, too.Read more ›
In this beautifully written tale Bounds teaches us that it's OK to roam because it's then that we might just find what we're looking for.
It took something as dramatic as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to get Bounds to realize this. It was then that she moved from lower Manhattan a block from the Trade Center to a tiny town up the Hudson River where life is more like the way it once was. People take time to get to know -- and help -- their neighbors.
Like so many small towns, a chapel is the main gathering place, though this one isn't the typical house of worship. It's a bar on the river where the town's characters gather night after night to trade stories, jokes and barbs and even find support. And when their chapel is threatened, they come together to help protect it, including Bounds.
I'm willing to bet that this book will make most readers remember a simpler time, and perhaps encourage them to seek those days one more time.
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If you loved "The Tender Bar", this story will enchant you and has the same light, sweet touch in its writing. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Nicola Smith
My own personal association with Guinan's was relatively short-lived: 1985 to 1989, the years I was between high school and college and spending a lot of time doing local community... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anthony R. Cardno
One of my top 3 favorite books. If friendships, kindness, peacefulness and the simple things in life are what make you happy, you'll love this book.Published 8 months ago by Tank
Gwendolyn Bounds' Little Chapel on the River recounts the author's journey of reflection and discovery after 9/11 and a life-altering - maybe fated - stop for a beer at a hole in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Enrico Pallazzo
Our book club read the book and we all rated it 5. A wonderful read.Published 11 months ago by Mary A. Sharrow
Buying the book again. Nostalgia. Wendy, you had us all fooled, but you caught the people in your soul. Roger and your chimney, that got me...LOL . Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer